Special Equipment Operator l at Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation

Quality Assurance/Safety
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation
Arkansas, AR


Special Equipment Operator I

Right of Way – Full Time

 *This position qualifies for the AECC/AECI employee referral program


Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.


A Special Equipment Operator I is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of special equipment including, but not limited to, Tractor/Brown Tree cutter and Forestry mulching equipment used to facilitate the adequate right of way clearance for distribution and/or transmission power lines. We’re looking for someone who can drive and operate Right of Way (ROW) vehicles and equipment as necessary to safely and efficiently complete tasks and projects. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push forward AECI’s mission.



  • Safely operates Special Equipment to control vegetation along Right of Way.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on equipment and keeps documentation of maintenance performed.
  • Comply with all safety rules and company policies while promoting good relations with fellow employees, patron cooperatives, and the general public.
  • Inspect right of way in front of equipment to flag obstacles (i.e. phone pedestals, guy wire, septic tanks/septic systems, water and gas lines/meters, etc.).
  • Perform traffic control duties around work area as needed.
  • Drive and operate ROW vehicles and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications


*As a condition of employment, this position is required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment, pre-placement Fitness for Duty Test

  • 0 to 6 months experience
  • Able to work in outside or inside working environment, where there may be potential hazardous working conditions and life-threatening situations (fire, chemical, moving mechanical parts, electrical sources, fumes, airborne particles, heights, protective landowners, etc.).
  • Able to work in extreme heat or cold
  • Able to work in extremely loud areas
  • Able to perform highly repetitive and physical functions
  • Able to occasionally lift up to 100 pounds and regularly lift up to 25 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to travel to various location throughout Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and stay overnight as required to complete work assignments
  • Must be able to work extra hours when necessary and report to work whenever needed during non-scheduled working periods
  • Willing to attend qualified climber training
  • CPR and First Aid certification (or ability to obtain in first 6 months)
  • Temporary Traffic Control Training (or ability to obtain in first 6 months)
  • Must be prepared and willing to wear all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. All PPE must meet safety standard as required by AECI



  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance 
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Long-Term Disability 
  • Short-Term Disability 
  • Free & Confidential Employee Assistance Program




Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.


Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.